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49 things to do in Vancouver this April

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Daniel Chai Mar 31, 2017 4:39 am 3,285

April has arrived and there’s plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to experience this month. From charity runs to Easter egg hunts, concerts to comedy, here are 49 things to do around the city this April.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Hit the road

BMO Sunshine Coast April Fools Run

  • What: A point-to-point, certified net downhill course from Gibsons to Sechelt, with friendly West Coast hospitality, low entry fee, rural setting, finisher’s medals, hot soup and fun. Just a quick ferry ride or flight from Vancouver, and benefiting the Sunshine Coast Food Bank.
  • Where: Gibsons & Area Community Centre, 700 Park Road, Gibsons
  • When: April 2 at 9:17 am

Diez Vista

  • What: Rugged west coast trails around Sasamat and Buntzen Lakes, traversing the Diez Vistas ridge.
  • Where: Lot A near White Pine Beach in Belcarra Regional Park, near Port Moody
  • When: April 8 at 5:15 am

Up The Creek Run

  • What: A 5 km and 10 km run with different age categories, as well as a Kids Fun Run.
  • Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre – 1379 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam
  • When: April 9 at 8:30 am

Easter Fun Run

  • What: An Easter run and egg hunt in Stanley Park to support Canuck Place. Featuring DJs, vendors, free coffee and hot chocolate, and more.
  • Where: Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park
  • When: April 16 at 11:30 am

Mountain Grind

  • What: Vendors, food, music, kids games and a beer garden will be at the Lions Park for spectators to enjoy while their friends and family race. The event is open to public to enjoy the event as well.
  • Where: Pender Harbor Lions Park Club – 13776 Highway 101, Madeira Park
  • When: April 22 at 9 am

Vancouver Sun Run

  • What: The Vancouver Sun Run has been Canada’s largest 10 km road race since its inception in 1985. One of Vancouver’s traditional rites of spring. Also features a 2.5 km mini Sun Run.
  • Where: Pacific Blvd at BC Place Stadium for 2.5 km, Burrard and Georgia for 10 km and competitive wheelchairs
  • When: April 23 at 8 am for 2.5 km, 8:40 am for competitive wheelchairs, and 9 am for 10 km

Daffodil Dash

  • What: Add a spring to your step during Daffodil Month with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Dash – a 1 km walk, 5 km run, and mini dash for kids that raises funds for cancer research and prevention and support for people living with the disease right now.
  • Where: Vancouver at Creekside Park, the North Shore at Ambleside Park and Port Moody at Rocky Point Park
  • When: April 30

Furry Tails Foot Race

  • What: A fundraiser to help Langley’s stray, lost and unwanted dogs and cats.  Put your best foot forward as you challenge yourself and other “heroes for animals” on the beautiful trails at Derby Reach.
  • Where: Derby Reach Regional Park – Langley
  • When: April 30 at 9 am

Catch a concert

The Zolas

  • What: The Zolas are hitting the road in support of their latest album, Swooner. Held down by the two original members Tom Dobrzanski and Zach Gray, The Zolas are joined by Cody Hiles and DJ Abell for this tour. Louise Burns opens.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 6 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Good Charlotte

  • What: Over the past five years, twin brothers Joel and Benji Madden have been relatively quiet when it came to their multi-platinum selling band Good Charlotte. In 2015, the timing finally felt right to breathe new life into the band. They called up bassist Paul Thomas, guitarist/keyboardist Billy Martin, and drummer Dean Butterworth to get the band back together. Good Charlotte is touring in support of their latest album, Youth Authority.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 10 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $46.50

Snoop Dogg

Image: Rob Feller / Daily Hive

  • What: Get ready to drop it like it’s hot because Snoop Dogg is heading out on his Wellness Retreat Tour and he’ll be joined by Cypress Hill, Method Man & Redman. Last time Uncle Snoop visited Vancouver was in April 2016, where he performed a two-hour DJ set at Chinatown’s Fortune Soundclub. Unsurprisingly, he – and everyone else there – got pretty high.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: April 14 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $39.50-$79.50

Seasons Music & Arts Festival

  • What: Seasons Electronic Music Festival will be returning to Metro Vancouver from April 12 to 16. Over the course of the festival, Seasons presents concerts, club shows, label showcases, demos, panels, lectures, and interactive visuals & art installations, culminating in a fully immersive, 2-day main event at the Pacific Coliseum.
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum and various other Downtown venues
  • When: April 12 to 16
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$169.50

Bastille

  • What: Bastille is touring its sophomore album, Wild World, which debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the UK albums charts. The album is the follow up to 2013’s Bad Blood which has sold more than four million copies worldwide. Bad Blood also included the 5x Platinum single, “Pompeii,” arguably one of the biggest tracks in 2013.
  • Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: April 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$55

Easter fun

Easter at the Cannery

  • What: The Easter Salmon makes its annual return this year to hide eggs for the little ones to find throughout the historic cannery. At 10:30 am, The Great Salmon “Egg” Hunt will start and repeat every 30 minutes throughout the day with the last egg hunt at 4:30 pm. There will also be Easter crafts, games and an interactive story-time suitable for kids ages 2 to 12 years old.
  • Where: The Cannery – 12138 4th Avenue, Richmond
  • When: April 14 to 16

Easter Brunch at Grouse Mountain

  • What: Enjoy a buffet brunch featuring delicious options for all ages. There will also be face painting and an exciting Easter Egg Hunt led by the Easter Bunny
  • Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
  • When: April 16

Stanley Park Railway Easter Train

  • What: Hop on the Stanley Park Train for an egg-citing Easter ride through Stanley Park. Other fun activities include mini golf, an Easter Egg hunt, meeting the Easter Bunny, and planting a posy
  • Where: Stanley Park
  • When: April 13 to 17

Fairmont Vancouver Easter Afternoon Tea

  • What: Celebrate Easter in style with a two-day Easter themed Afternoon Tea featuring Fairmont’s fine tea blends, alongside savoury and sweet creations from the hotel’s in-house pastry shop. If the tiny tot wants to tag along, Fairmont offer Children’s Easter Tea, which includes kid-friendly tea sandwiches, scones, and delicious sweets.
  • Where: Fairmont Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 15 and 16

VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt

  • What: Take part in the 9th Annual A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Afterwards, enjoy some fun crafts and activities or check out the yummy food selections and explore the beauty in our 55 acre garden.
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 15 and 16

Easter Celebration at Wesbrook Village

  • What: Celebrate Easter in style at Wesbrook Village, with an Easter egg scavenger hunt, little bunnies friendly walk and run, plus a meet and greet with a life-sized Easter bunny
  • Where: Wesbrook Village Welcome Centre – 3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC
  • When: April 8

Laugh the night away

Pop-Up Comedy Jam with stand-up guest Patrick Maliha!

  • What: The Fictionals welcome stand-up luminary Patrick Maliha to Cafe Deux Soleils for Pop-Up Comedy Jam. Patrick has performed on CBC radio, SiriusXM, CTV’s Comedy Now, and on CBC television’s national broadcast of The Winnipeg Comedy Festivals Characters Gala. He is also the world record holder for most impressions in one minute.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: April 4 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $7 or $5 for students

Railway Comedy Co.

  • What: Comedy returns to the Railway Stage, with a brand new weekly stand-up show starting April 11.
  • Where: Railway Stage & Beer Café – 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Tuesday at 9 pm starting April 11
  • Tickets: At the door, $5

The Chair

  • What: A unique theatrical tour de force – every show is different as 8 professional actors delved into the twisted mind of writer John McGie as he creates wild characters that they bring to life. Promises to be hilariously dramatic and shockingly surreal.
  • Where: Seven Dining Loung – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: April 15 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $7

The Fringe Cabaret: After Dark

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Image: Vancouver Fringe / Facebook

  • What: It’s thrilling, it’s risqué, it’s maybe just a little bit spooky – like Edgar Allan Poe juggling knives in leather pants and a raven feather boa – it’s The Fringe Cabaret: After Dark!  As the lights go out and the clock winds toward the witching hour audiences should prepare for acts ranging from ludicrous to spine tingling, from tantalizing to potentially baroque, and from the mildly funny to the utterly droll.
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 22 at 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $16.50

Giggles & Gags

  • What: Original, hilarious, knee-slapping sketch comedy with twists on Vancouver’s pop culture, and musical and magical interludes along the way. All net proceeds from the show go to the Alzheimer Society of BC.
  • Where: PAL Studio Theatre – 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 27 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25 plus service fees

Celebrate Mother Nature

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

  • What: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is Vancouver’s signature springtime event, waking the city up from winter hibernation to an explosion of some 41,000 blossoming cherry trees. Originally gifted from Japan in the 1930s, the cherry blossom now inspires a month of arts and cultural community events. Presented by Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation.
  • Where: Streets and venues all over Vancouver
  • When: March 30 to April 23

Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival

BLOOM, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival returns this year on April 10 (The Abbotsford Tulip Festival)

  • What: The Abbotsford Tulip Festival features 10 acres of tulips blooming in a brilliant display of colour! With over 35 varieties on display, the Festival is here to celebrate the start of spring and to promote agriculture in the Fraser Valley.
  • Where: 6737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford
  • When: April 10 to May 7

Earth Day Vancouver 2017

  • What: Earth Day at Everett Crowley Park offers a wide range of free family-oriented fun including professional performers, music, dancing, cultural and ecological exhibits, and children’s activities. Help plant 1000 native mushrooms to help grow forest roots.
  • Where: Everett Crowley Park – 8200 Kerr St, Vancouver
  • When: April 22 from 11 am to 3 pm

Vancouver and beyond on a budget

Capture Photography Festival

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Image: Capture Photography Festival / Facebook

  • What: The annual Capture Photography Festival celebrates and promotes photography and lens-based art throughout Metro Vancouver with nearly 100 exhibitions, public art projects, and educational activities. The Festival promotes awareness of Vancouver’s unique history of photo-conceptualism, inspires community engagement, and creates platforms for showcasing new practices from local, international, and emerging artists.
  • Where: Venues all over Vancouver
  • When: April 1 to 28

Girl Rising – Free Screening

  • What: Girl Rising tells nine stories of nine girls, each one about how education can change the future for girls, their families, communities and entire nations. Presented by Vancouver School of Yoga and Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage
  • Where: Vancouver School of Yoga – 300-342 Water Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 11 at 7 pm

Vancouver Jewish Film Centre – National Canada Film Day 150

  • What: Vancouver Jewish Film Centre celebrates National Canada Film Day 150 with free screenings of Barney’s Version and Weirdos
  • Where: Venue TBD
  • When: April 19 at 6:30 pm and 9 pm

Board Game Paradise

  • What: Instant Theatre hosts a monthly BYOB party – Bring Your Own Boardgame party. Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride. Bring whatever you love playing and introduce others to it. Great way to make new friends and get your game on.
  • Where: Instant Studios – 529 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: The second Friday of each month at 8 pm

Contemporary Art Gallery – Free Family Day

  • What: On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays.
  • Where: Contemporary Art Gallery – 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
  • When: The last Saturday of each month

Party like a rock star

Arctic Moon and Indecent Noise

  • What: Two of the most exciting producers in today’s music scene, and both hailing from Poland. Artic Moon and Indecent Noise perform in Vancouver for the only time in 2017, and will be joined onstage by Discover Records, Seattle Trance Alliance and MarQ.
  • Where: Prive Night Club- 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: April 8 from 10 pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Nochella at the Biltmore

  • What: Can’t make it to Coachella? Don’t sweat it because NITE*MOVES is turning The Biltmore Cabaret into a desert oasis. Featuring Can I live Dj’s, Simoniz, Bernie Lomax and Sir Prance-A-lot playing 2017 Coachella acts all night long.
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 15 from 10:30 pm to 2 am
  • Tickets: Online, $9.99

New Sound Collective 420 Takeover

  • What: New Sound Collective is back, and this time they’re bringing deep house vibes to Gastown. NSC has teamed up with the folk over at Are you MIA to present an unbelievable night with some of the best house music in Vancouver.
  • Where: M.I.A. – 350 Water Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 20 at 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free before 11 pm with RSVP

#STEREOTYPEFRIDAYS with Thomas Jack

Thomas-Jack

Image: Thomas Jack / Facebook

  • What: Tropical house specialist Thomas Jack takes over Celebrities for a special open to close set.
  • Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 28 from 1o pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: Online, $25

METACoSM with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey

  • What: MetaCoSM is an immersive multimedia event featuring the live painting experience of world renowned visionary artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey. MetaCoSM is seamlessly set within an environment of high calibre music, visual projections, performances and a CoSM art exhibition.
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 29 at 8 pm
  • More Info: Online

Take care of business

BCAMA VISION Conference 2017

BCAMA/Facebook

  • What: This one day conference is dedicated to the science and art of marketing innovation and offers attendees the opportunity to learn through an interactive, thought leadership approach. Featuring fresh insights, networking, compelling content, and a lineup of talented speakers.
  • When: April 4 from 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: The Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: Tickets start at $380, available online via BCAMA

Change in the Making Conference

CIMC/Facebook

  • What: Join hundreds of professionals and business owners at Western Canada’s biggest Marketing and PR event – The Change in the Making Conference (CIMC). This is your opportunity to learn from industry leaders and horn in on practical digital marketing skills and trends while building lasting connections within the industry.
  • When: April 5 and 6 from 8:30 am to 6 pm
  • Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park – 39645 Government Road, Squamish
  • Price: Online, $349.00 – $898.85

The Vancouver Franchise Expo

  • What: Face-to-face discussions with North America’s hottest franchises, plus proven part-time business opportunities. Must attend seminars for aspiring business owners and countless opportunities to make a big, bold change.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: April 8 to 9 from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $8 (2 for 1)

Vancouver Real Estate Forum

  • What: The largest annual conference on real estate investment and management in the region. Vancouver Real Estate Forum will deliver a fast-paced, information-packed program focusing on key issues and challenges facing real estate investors, developers, asset managers, brokers and other professionals active in every facet of commercial, industrial, residential and investment real estate.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • When: April 11 from 8 am to 5:30 pm
  • Register: Online, $465-$555

CEO Breakfast with David Labistour of Mountain Equipment Co-op

  • What: Join the UBC Sauder Club of Vancouver for an exclusive CEO Breakfast with the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), David Labistour, to hear about his journey to running one of Canada’s top outdoor retail businesses.
  • Where: YWCA Metro Vancouver, Welch Room 1, 4th Floor – 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 19 from 7:15 to 8:45 am
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Hastings Park

  • What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, and food trucks.
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, until April 30

Nat Bailey Stadium

  • What: Find local produce, meat, seafood, artisan cheese, bread, herbs, baked goods, artisanal crafts, and more.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street
  • When: Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, until April 22

Sports

Image: Ken Redekop / Daily Hive

Whitecaps FC vs. LA Galaxy

  • Where: BC Place
  • When: April 1 at 7 pm

Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks

  • Where: Rogers Arena
  • When: April 2 at 4 pm

Whitecaps FC vs. Tigres UANL (CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals)

  • Where: BC Place
  • When: April 5 at 7 pm

Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers

  • Where: Rogers Arena
  • When: April 8 at 7 pm

Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC

  • Where: BC Place
  • When: April 14 at 7 pm

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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